Finally, a rainy day to allow a bit of a break from manual labor. It is a very satisfying feeling to see all that we have accomplished at the end of a very physical day, but...a break every now and then is good too. Recently we've been putting a lot of time into the blueberry field, as well as the never-ending spring/summer chores of weeding, weedeating and for Shuzo, tractoring. In the blueberry field, we found that the straw and leaf mulch wasn't doing much to control the weeds, and is not fibrous enough last long. Over the last week or so we have pulled it all off and moved most of it to the garden, replacing it with shredded wood mulch from the garden waste recycling place down the road. Since both woody material and leaves go in a big pile together, it is a nice blend of well- and less-well-broken-down organic material - hopefully just right for the job. Here is Shuzo returning with one of the nine or ten truckloads of mulch.
And here is Shuzo unloading mulch, ninja style:
Sara unloading mulch (rather more effectively):
And, for a change of pace, Sara and her baked goods. I spent from 5AM until 1PM yesterday in the kitchen making these - there are cinnamon rolls, bagels, mulitgrain sandwich rolls, rye-currant rolls and white sandwhich bread. This is bakery pratice; for the next few months I'll be baking one batch each of 5 types of bread a week to refine the recipes and delivering it to a few friends who will (hopefully!) give honest feedback. Since the bakery is not yet built, I am using our regular kitchen equipment, and the size of each batch is limited by the mixer and oven capacity. Hopefully commercial equipent will allow us to make more bread in the same amount of time, greatly increasing our efficiency. Until then, it is just as well that I can't make much, because I' not selling home made bread to stores and would be hard pressed to dispose of much more bread than I made yesterday.